The FIM, Dorna and the MSMA have announced some changes to the FIM Superbike World Championship rulebook for the 2014 season, primarily focused on reducing costs for participants. A price cap will be introduced on brakes and suspensions, gear ratios will be limited and riders will be allotted eight engines for the season. The MSMA will provide, on request, motorcycle packages of competitive quality at a fixed price for 2014, 2015 and 2016 as well. There will also be a new EVO sub-class within the Superbike field. Machines in the EVO category will be subject to the same chassis, suspension and brake component regulations as the Superbike class while engine and electronics specifications from the FIM Superstock class will be enforced. Price caps for the EVO category on brakes and suspension will be the same as those in Superbike. Additional details about EVO rules are forthcoming. The full press release regarding the rule changes is included in full below, courtesy of the FIM. - Byron Wilson
FIM Superbike World Championship
Following various meetings between the FIM, Dorna and the MSMA, a new framework has been put in place for the progressive application of the new Superbike rules. The new rules are aimed at reducing costs for the motorcycle and its components.
1. The rules changes for the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship season will be as follows:
• A limited number of engines (eight) per rider/per season.
• A limited number of gear ratios.
• A price cap on the brakes.
• A price cap on the suspensions.
2. In order to ensure that there are a sufficient number of riders with competitive motorcycles on the grid, the MSMA has agreed to provide, on request, a complete motorcycle package at a fixed price, for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The motorcycle packages supplied will be the same as those used by the manufacturer and will receive certain updates and maintenance from the manufacturers during the season.
3. Under the new rules, there will be a sub-category known as the EVO class. This class will follow the FIM Superbike technical regulations for all chassis, suspension and brake components. On the engine and electronics side, however, these motorcycles will follow the present FIM Superstock rules. The price cap on brakes and suspensions will be the same as Superbike.
More details about the EVO technical rules will be available on the FIM Website shortly.
A draft of the new technical rules will be published on the FIM website by 26 August.